Forest Fires and Federal Money

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The worst fire in Colorado history is only halfway contained, and in the suburbs of Colorado Springs, residents and former residents are discovering what happens when a forest fire comes to town. Some cars are nothing but charred metal and some homes are burned to the ground, while, in the same neighborhood, other houses have not been touched. Fires are also raging in Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and South Dakota. Climate change is drying out the forests, creating fuel for fires expected to increase individual property loss, human misery and federal taxes. Studies show that local government agencies allow development near dense forests, knowing that the cost of fire-fighting will be covered by Washington. We update the current outbreaks and ask, is it politics that's preventing prudent planning?

Credits

Guests:
Jeremy Meyer - Denver Post - @jpmeyerDPost, Ray Rasker - Headwaters Economics, Harris Sherman - US Department of Agriculture, Kevin Jeffries - California State Assembly - @AsmJeffries, Michael Kodas - author and journalist - @MichaelKodas

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Lata Pandya, Anna Scott, Gideon Brower